27 Nov Lifeguard Training
Firstly, why you should start lifeguard training.
Lifeguard jobs are generally better paid than working as a waiter in the same institution.
Generally, a lifeguard is physically inactive for most of their shift and the work, on the whole, isn’t physically straining.
The work is usually in a more interesting environment than other jobs and people are usually in a better mood.
There is usually a free membership to a gym, club or at least a pool.
There is usually paid training monthly.
Hopefully the requirements don’t seem too challenging.
What you’ll need to be able to do and be by the end of your Lifeguard training course:
What you’ll need to be able to do by the end of your Lifeguard Training
First Aid trained, CPR will be examined. Other things like responding to choking or patching wounds can be assessed.
Tow people out of the pool, they may be much bigger than you if you’re unlucky. There are three tows or carries that you may be asked to perform, they vary in difficulty and are more beneficial to different weights and sizes.
A verbal exam – you’re required to get every question correct. However, slack is given and the examiner is usually lenient and doesn’t require a perfect copy of what you’ve been told.
lifeguard training Course details:
Two types of course:
Intensive: 5 days with the test on the final day.
Weekly: 1 once a week 2 months with a test on the last day.
Picking a course type is personal and dependent on how you learn and your schedule. It is advisable, however, to do the intensive. There is lots of information to take on, lots of ice to break, and in an intensive course, you have a better chance of retaining the information, the fitness, and mentality to get the pass. Moreover, in one week it’s over and you can move on, ideal for school holidays.
What to bring to the lifeguard training course:
Change of clothes.
Towel, two if you can afford the space.
Swimming trunks (preferably skin-tight ones and worn under clothing at the start of the day)
Spare clothes to jump in with again the tighter the better as there will be less drag.
Food, usually get a lunch hour and can snack.
TOP lifeguard training TIPS
It’s easy to say, but try to break the ice with your group; you’ll be practising and examining with them so building rapport and helping each other could help you across the line to pass. Eat lunch with the group and try and include everyone in conversations and potential group activities. Bringing a football, deck of cards or a game to the course is a good plan to achieve this.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, most of the time people are thinking the same thing and its never good to have confusion, especially as a lifeguard. Most of all if you feel uncomfortable with anything then have your say and make sure you don’t do anything you don’t want to.
CPR is always awkward at the start but just go in with confidence and make sure you really nail it by the exam, most likely you will practise every day. However, it is paramount that you have it all 100% in your head as it is such a huge part of the course. Also, don’t eat anything smelly if you are going to do CPR later that day.
How to handle employers and tips for interviews
If you’re looking to get employed somewhere after and you already have a place in mind, contact them and make sure that the course you’re on is sufficient. Moreover, the place you may wish to apply may offer their own course and have their own requirements. For example, they may have a 3-meter diving pit. This would mean you’d need to prove you could reach the bottom of it with no problems.
If an institution itself runs a course with a job at the end, they could offer the course for free if you pledge to work with them afterwards.
Lastly enjoy it, it’s a week or weekends of swimming and learning. You need to fully commit, as you’ll be constantly retested on the knowledge you have gained during a lifeguarding job. So, trying to enjoy it as much as possible will enhance your learning and only serve to benefit you in the long run.
Once a Week for 2 Months or 5 Days Lifeguard Training